Eastern Cape youth league distances itself from Friends of Malema

2012-05-02 13:11

The ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape has distanced itself from the newly-formed Friends of the Youth League.

The Friends of the Youth League is a structure meant to provide a platform for former youth leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu.

The youth league’s provincial spokesperson Nathi Nomatiti said the Eastern Cape provincial executive committee distanced itself from the group because it knew nothing about it.

Nomatiti said the provincial executive committee was also concerned that the Friends of the Youth League was due to be launched in OR Tambo, one of the youth league’s biggest regions in the province.

“We would want to put it categorically that the Eastern Cape elected collective and its structures of the ANC Youth League is not part of this grouping and we are not in support of it,” Nomatiti said in a statement released today.

The Friends of the Youth League came out in public through social network forums Facebook and Twitter on Monday, a day after City Press reported on its formation.

Nomatiti discouraged youth league members from associating themselves with the Friends of the Youth League.

“Anyone of the ANC Youth League members in the Eastern Cape who attends any of this grouping’s meetings or gatherings would be doing so in his or her personal capacity and not representing the ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape,” said Nomatiti.

Malema was expelled from both the ANC and its youth league while Shivambu was suspended for five years. The two can no longer use the ANC’s platform to speak to the public or party members.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League reinstated Malema and suspended secretary general Sindiso Magaqa’s names on the league’s website.

The names were removed less than 12 hours after the leaders were ousted by the ANC last week.

The ANC Youth League claimed its website was “tampered with” resulting in the deletion of the former leaders’ names.

National spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy blamed the hacking on people who wanted to advance “a malicious agenda”.

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